Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Chess Board Cake

Here it is! The cake that I promised all of you!

My boyfriend's return cake. I have got to say, this cake was pretty time consuming. For some reason, I thought it would just be cake: boom, frosting: boom, chocolate pieces, boom, boom, done. But boy was I wrong.

I needed to redo those chocolate pieces so many times. And leveling cakes? Not my forte. I angled the camera so you could see the least amount of tilt, but I think you can still see how some of the pieces are almost falling off.

But it was so worth it! Seriously, the end product looked amazing if I do say so myself. My boyfriend's mom even took a picture and put it on her Facebook.

You hear that? May cake is worthy of Facebook! So you know it's good.

And even though my boyfriend didn't get any of the double decker oreo fudge that I originally planned to make for him, he got this beauty.

This was a sort of tribute to when he was in Russia for 5 months, where we would play online chess together almost every week. Now how is that for a (late) Valentines day surprise.

So if you want to wow someone with a novelty cake, I would definitely recommend making this. This, or the burger cake with sugar cookie fries I made a while back. Because who doesn't like to play with their food?


Chess Board Cake
printable recipe

What you'll need:

-Chess Board Chocolate Candy Mold 
-Chess Pieces Chocolate Candy Mold
-12x12 square cake pan
 -2 1/2-3 cups dark chocolate candy melts
-2 1/2-3 cups white chocolate candy melts
-Your favorite cake recipe, doubled. I used my moist chocolate cake recipe

Chocolate Frosting:
- 2 3/4 cup icing sugar
-6 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
-6 tablespoons butter, softened
-5 tablespoons milk
-1 teaspoon vanilla extract


    1.   Melt the chocolate and place in the chess board molds. Place in the freezer for 5 minutes, and repeat until you have 32 black squares, 32 white squares and all of your chess pieces.
    2.  Place the chocolate in the chess pieces molds. Place in the freezer for 5 minutes and repeat. To connect the chess pieces, place some melted chocolate in between the flat sides and press together.
    3.   Mix together the ingredients for your cake, and bake in the oven at 350˚F for 40 minutes.
    4.   Let the cake cool. When the cake is cool, take a serrated knife and level the cake.
    5.   In a large bowl, mix together the chocolate frosting ingredients until fully combined. Frost the cake, and arrange the chocolate chess board pieces on the cake, and place the chocolate chess pieces on top. Enjoy!


  1. Wowzers! This is an impressive cake! I'd love for you to link it up to our All Things Thursday Blog Hop that's live right now. Hope to see you there!

  2. Your boyfriend is lucky! Not everyone would be able to make such a gorgeous cake!

  3. Hi Cathleen , what an impressive cake , and what a lucky guy your boyfriend is , enjoy and thanks for sharing :)

  4. What a lucky guy, Cathleen! This looks beautiful!

  5. you are an amazing girlfriend!!! AMAZING! this cake is so awesome! :) i don't know if i would ever be able to pull of something like this.

  6. What a GREAT cake project! It looks awesome. Cathleen.

  7. This cake is AWESOME! I'm glad to hear he loved it. Thanks for sharing :)

  8. Cathleen , your cake looks impressive ! A labor of love ?! lol How long did you construct that cake ?!

  9. Beyond amazing. How in the world did you make this? :D
    You make it sound simple but it is the furthest thing from!

    Choc Chip Uru

  10. OMG! This cake looks so pretty Cathleen...what a great job you did it here...look so professional!
    Hope you are having a great week :D

  11. OMG es maravilloso realmente impresionante buen trabajo,saludos y abrazos

  12. I can see a lot ( and I mean A LOT) of effort went into this cake. Bravo, Cathleen!

  13. Wow this is AMAZING!! I am so impressed!

  14. Echoing everyone else - amazing! What an awesome fun cake to make. :)

  15. Wow, good job my friend!!!
    i guess you should have your own pastry shop now...

  16. That is definitely one of the coolest things I've seen.

  17. What an AMAZING cake! You really love that boyfriend of yours! :)

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  19. AWW, that`s so sweet of you!! I don`t like leveling cake either. Blahh. But, you did a beautiful job!!

  20. Wow, this is totally awesome, Cathleen!!!


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